In today's 'Park Life' Nick Taylor catches up with Ryo Miyaichi to see how he has settled in at Wigan Athletic
With seven players missing from Christopher Park, as they represent their countries all over the world, work still continues in the build-up towards the return of the Barclays Premier League this weekend.
The absence of first team games has given the squad much more time to prepare and Ryo Miyaichi expressed how it is a benefit, particularly helping him to settle in.
“The international break has given me a good chance to get to know my surroundings a bit more.
“It has also been a great chance for me to impress back here at the training ground.
“I have to show the gaffer how ready I am to play and it is a really good time to do that.
“Of course when the players return from their games with their countries I have to continue the same amount of work-rate.”
It has been just under a month since Miyaichi’s arrival at the DW Stadium, something that has excited the young winger.
“I’m very happy to be here because the standard in the Premier League is so high but, I have to keep working hard to get in the starting line-up every week.
“I really appreciate how I have been welcomed at Wigan Athletic and Ali Al Habsi has been a huge help in doing that.
“He gave me some advice and encouragement when I came on in the Stoke game which made me feel really good and ready.”
“I’ve always wanted to play in the Premier League and when I was younger in Japan I always watched the games on TV.
“I didn’t really have a favourite team when I was young; I just liked watching the exciting players and seeing the crowd get behind everyone.”
Miyaichi’s loan deal with Bolton Wanderers last season made him the fourth Japanese player to play in the Premier League and with the addition of three more of his countrymen this season (Shinji Kagawa at Manchester United and Tadanari Lee and Maya Yoshida), the 19-year-old believes interest from his native Japan is at an all-time high.
“In Japan there is a huge interest in Premier League football.
“Most of the games that are shown on television are from the Premier League, the people in Japan love it.
“I saw players like Junichi Inamoto and Hidetoshi Nakata both play in the Premier League and when I was young they were the role models that people in Japan could look up to.
“I would like to become a role model like they were when they played in England and it is a great thing that there are more Japanese players in the Premier League now.”